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Meet Our Team

David R. Helland, DVM, MS

Dr. David R. Helland assumed ownership and operation in July of 1978. He graduated from Iowa Sate University in 1964 and holds a degree in Veterinary Pathology.  He was on the faculty of Kansas State University for two years, operated a private veterinary diagnostic laboratory for four years and has served as a consultant in several laboratory forensic activities. Dr. Helland a member of several veterinary assocations, including the Greater Rockford Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.  Within the community, Dr. Helland has served as Chairman of the Board of the Winnebago Unit of the American Cancer Society and is a past President of the Winnebago County Board of Health.  He is a 21 year member of the Alpine Kiwanis Club of Rockford and is also a past President.  He is an active member of Bathesda Covenant Church.  He has two children and three grandchildren. Dr. Helland enjoys horticulture and gardening, especially his wonderful tulips, which are well known in the community.  He has one dog, Riley, and a cat named Buzz.

Grant Sanderson, DVM

Dr. Sanderson is a 1991 graduate of Rockford Lutheran High School. He attended Augustana College and is a 2003 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and serves on the Executive Board of the Greater Rockford Veterinary Medical Association. As an Eagle Scout, Dr. Sanderson loves spending time outdoors. He enjoys all sports, both saltwater and freshwater fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.

Sara Pearson, DVM

** August 2018 **

Dr. Pearson is a native of Stillman Valley, Illinois. She went to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for her undergraduate degree, then completed veterinary school at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana as a 2018 graduate. Dr. Pearson could not be more excited to return to this region to serve pets and their owners in the Rockford area. In her free time she enjoys fishing, canoeing, crafting, horseback riding, and playing the piano. She loves spending time with her animals which includes a horse, a goat, and a dog.

Reception/ Veterinary Assistant 


Nicole joined our team in April of 2011. She comes to us from Lena, IL.  Growing up on a farm, she has always had a passion for animals.  She enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time with her two cats Kenji and Niko.  When not at the clinic, she is a Nanny for her niece and nephew.  


Lawra joined our team in September of 2016. She was born in Southern California but spent 10 years in Arizona before moving to Rockford. After spending 8 years doing Dachshund rescue and working for another animal hospital, she decided that working with animals was where she wanted to stay. Lawra has 2 daughters and is a retired roller derby referee. Her "furry" babies include a pack of feisty dachshunds and an FIV+ cat.


Lynne comes to us with 30 years of experience in the non profit world. She was the Senior Director of Health and Wellness at the YMCA of Rock River Valley. She is now using her passion and skills here to welcome our clients and their pets. A mother of three spoiled cats, she knows that good nutrition and healthy living habits are important for the furry members of our family.

Inventory Manager

( Since 1997)

Veterinary Assistant - Supervisor


Miranda has been with Alpine Veterinary Hospital since October of 2004. She attended Guilford High School and Rock Valley College.  Though she doesn't have human children, she considers her pets as her children.  Miranda’s "kids" include: a ShihTzu named Oscar and a CockaPoo named Tootsie.  She also has  a cat named Lupe.  In her spare time she enjoys pet-sitting, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.

Veterinary Assistant


Heather started at Alpine Veterinary Hospital in May of 2014. She comes to us with many years of experience working in both boarding facilities and veterinary hospitals, including a multi doctor clinic in Algonquin, IL. She is one of our surgical technicians which is one of her special interests. She also loves rehabilitation and behavioral training. She has a "rescue" cat named Pussycat and they spend time out on the farm in Marengo, IL. In her spare time she enjoys reading her Bible, spending time with family and friends and also selling 31.


McKenzie joined our team in spring of 2017. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 2012 and currently attends Rock Valley College. She has been working with animals for 8 years and has a German Shepherd named Ali. In her spare time she enjoys playing ball with Ali and spending time with her family and friends.


Whitney started at Alpine in February of 2017. She graduated with her Associates Degree from Highland Community College and is furthering her education at Rockford University. She enjoys spending her free time with her two dogs Ted & Harper, as well as with her herd of goats. She also loves being surrounded by her friends and family!

Kennel Assistants


Office Hours

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